Creighton 69, S. Illinois 50

Gregory Echenique had 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead

Creighton past Southern Illinois 69-50 on Sunday night.

Doug McDermott scored 15 points and Jahenns Manigat added 14

points for the Bluejays (16-11, 8-7 Missouri Valley), who never

trailed in the game, led 31-19 at halftime and built their margin

to 25 points late in the game.

It was Echenique’s first double-double for Creighton; the

6-foot-9 sophomore transfer had eight when he played for Rutgers.

He had 10 rebounds by halftime, compared to 13 for Southern

Illinois. The Bluejays finished with a 37-23 edge on the

boards.

Kendall Brown-Surles scored 15 points and Carlton Fay had 12 for

the Salukis (11-15, 5-10), who were coming off a 69-66 upset at MVC

co-leader Wichita State on Tuesday, but had lost their previous

five games.